Buddha's Conversion of Five Bhiksu

Buddha's Conversion of Five Bhiksu

佛渡五比丘圖

mid-1300s

Li Sheng 李升

(Chinese, active c. 1324-after 1375)

Handscroll, ink on paper

Painting only: 26.7 x 110.5 cm (10 1/2 x 43 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1997.92

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This episode stems from the life of the historical Buddha, who, after his enlightenment, was initially hesitant about preaching his own doctrine. After much personal deliberation and prodding by deities, he finally relented. The first converts were the five guards who served him when he was still a prince. For Li Sheng, this is the pretext of the painting, which moves from the interaction of the bhiksu with the Buddha to a broader awareness of the vast surroundings of the scene.

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Collection: 
ASIAN - Handscroll
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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